Michele Dunleavy has choreographed and performed extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. She works in a variety of dance forms including tap, jazz, and modern, and her choreography has been presented by arts organizations in NYC, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, and others. Michele's work has been supported through grants from Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture, the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and the Galaxy Arts in Education program. Michele is currently an Associate Professor of Dance in the musical theatre department at Penn State for which she has choreographed numerous musicals including: A New Brain, Bat Boy: The Musical, Parade, Babes in Arms, The Wiz, Rent, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Good Kids, and American Idiot. Michele has been an invited guest artist or faculty member at Shenandoah University, Point Park University, George Mason University, and the Catholic University of America. She is a member of SDC, the International Tap Association, and served two terms as the Northeast Regional Director of the American College Dance Association.
Michele Dunleavy visited Philadelphia in 2019 for a series of master classes and rehearsals, during which she set an original piece of choreography on the ensemble. “Past, Presence, Future” premiered in The Lady Hoofers On Tap in May 2019. This project was supported in part by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund.